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this is 9 news now. hello, happy hey bore day i'm jc hayward. president obama son the road this labor day. he's trying to persuade americans that his economic policies are still working. but joel brown reports that with unemployment hovering near 10%, the president is running out of time to change the minds of skeptical voters before the mid-term elections. president obama is headed to milwaukee, wisconsin to talk about his plan for getting americans back to work on this labor day he's unveiling a $50 billion plan to spruce up the country's roads, railways and airport runways. >> the president today will talk about infrastructure projects that put construction workers, welders, lech terrorist trigs back to work it. >> is one in a series of new economic proposals president obama will pitch this week. others include new incentives to spur research and development and to help small businesses hire more workers.
>> we want to keep this recovery moving stronger and accelerate the job growth that's needed so desperately across the country with unemployment at 89-point 8% -- at 9.6% the president is having a difficult time trying to convince voters that democrats have the right prescription for jump starting the economy. >> from a republican point of view, we need to bring checks and balances and tell the american people if we get in control we will check the obama agenda that has no limits. >> reporter: heading to the fall campaign season, the latest gallup poll gives republicans a ten point lead. >> if you look at this number of races in play, it is 80 to 70 as many as 80 to 90 seats that could turn over. >> reporter: the president will spend the next couple of months making the case that without the steps he's taken to jump start the economy it would be even worse. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. the president is scheduled
to leave for milwaukee in 30 minutes and then on wednesday he goes to cleveland to talk about tax credits for businesses. many maryland, there are accusations of dirty politics in campaign 2010. some phony flyers are turning up in prince georges county just a week before primary day. they imply that state and local leaders have endorsed candidates that they have not. and there are also fake handouts that claim to be official ballots or voter guides. >> my name appears on this as a person who was endorsed by senator muse. >> show us the other one. >> this is the fraudulent ball lot and it has senator muse face on it but he does not endorse the persons inside of the ballot. >> the key now is to track down who did it, make sure they are publicly exposed for trying to put this fraud over on the public. >> maryland attorney general doug gansler says his office is
investigating the fake flyers. someone is launching a negative campaign against dc council member jim graham. over the weekend, ward 1 res differences started to receive anonymous automated phone calls attacking graham. both of graham's opens deny having anything to do with those calls. graham's campaign says it is working with police, the fbi and the federal communications commission. well, in the race for dc mayor, polls are showing a growing gap between the incumbent, mayor fenty and council chairman vincent gray and this week, both will sit down with our bruce johnson for candid conversations about their candacecys. that will begin tonight with dc mayor fenty and his wife michelle an here's a preview. -- and here's a preview. >> everything he's ever done is for his community. this is his city. >> that was michelle fenty last week as she was pulled in to
her husband's interview following a debate with challenger vincent gray an his response. >> well you may not like me but at least i'm getting results. >> reporter: the 40-year-old's mother of three had been nearly invisible on the campaign stage as mayor fenty was pummeled by critics in the pollster. >> i'm hearing people describe my husband using adjectives that are absolutely shocking. >> arrogant, stubborn. >> absolutely. it's just very painful. >> the fenty home in ward 4 that many say the democratic primary will be decided. michelle fenty, a lawyer appeared to move front and center in the campaign. >> i'd like to say something. i'd like to say something. when i read this it was heart breaking to think that there were so many people in this city, in his city, the city that he was born and raised in, that feel he is disconnected from the issues. >> for the first time michelle
fenty addressed unsubstantiated rumors about her 13 year marriage. >> you have heard about the rumors of the two of you in a relationship. you want to speak about that? >> the manufactured misconceptions and the cruel way that people have made up the most bizarre things about us is so -- it's just shocking toe me the cruelty. the cruelty is what is really difficult. and that's what i find hard because it affects my children. >> this is your guy, you are behind him 100%. you have always been there, no problems that sort of thing? >> absolutely. >> you can see bruce johnson's interinterview with the mayor and his wife michelle tonight on 9 news now at eleven. and then later this week, bruce will sit down with council chairman vincent gray. if you would like to vote early in the district, you have until 7:00 tonight to participate in that program. more than 6700 residents
actually took advantage of the early voting in the district, and we have been told that no one had to wait in line for more than 25 minutes. -- 15 minutes. you can vote in maryland until 8:00 tonight also. you can find a list of the hours and locations by going to our website at wusa9.com. and click on 9 news extras. we have a commuter alert to remind you about if you plan to take metro this afternoon. five stations on the red line are closed for track work and maintenance work today. so the tacoma, silver spring, forest glen, wheaton, and glean glenmont stations are all scheduled to open tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m. of course tomorrow is one of the worst traffic days of the year as youngsters across the metropolitan area will be heading back to school. congress goes back in session and the days of summer vacation are pretty much over for us.
that means that any break that we have had from roadwork is over, too. so, if you drive in tysons corner, tomorrow you can expect to find a new traffic pattern. the eastbound lanes along route 7 between the dulles toll road and route 123 have shifted to the right. and you can no longer turn left in the middle of a block. now you can only turn left at intersections with traffic signals. it's all part of the dulles metro rail project. you can look for some lanes to be closed between the beltway and telegraph road this week. crews will be hanging new signs and then later this week they will be paving the road in that area. that's all part of the wilson bridge project. well, today may be a holiday for most people, but not for employees at virginia's department of motor vehicles. the lines formed early this morning outside of the dmv in alexandria.
it is one of 14 locations across the commonwealth that are open. employees are working overtime to clear a mass bag log of applications after a statewide computer system crashed for 11 days. >> i'm happy because i passed my test but i need to get my license because i waited so many weeks because the server was down so many days. >> i'd rather be sleeping in and preparing for cookouts but i'm here. >> reporter: the dmv in alexandria closed at noon but the fair oaks location will be open until 6:30 this evening. extended hours will be in affect next weekend at select dmv locations. coming up ahead on 9 news now, the attacks that prompted a crime alert at one local university campus. and we have some good news from the efforts to reach those 33 miners trapped in a mine in
feet underground. back to school seems to mean stay on your toes this year in college park. the last two weeks, seven students have been robbed near the university of maryland campus. it all started on august 27th. three students were attacked by three men at a hotel and then two days later, five crooks jumped three students at a bus stop on berwin house road. on saturday morning a student walking along hartwick road was robbed by four people? scary to know it is that close to home and happens more often this semester than in the past. >> it concerns me. no doubt it doesn't but i accept it as a fact of life. >> reporter: two of the suspects this the august 27th tack were arrested. but so far police have not saying if the other attacks are connected. dc police are looking for the car involved in a drive by shooting in northeast washington. this happened last night near 53rd and clay streets northeast.
two teenagers and a man were shot. one of the teens is listed in serious condition. police say they are looking for a toyota camry, but they have not released any other descriptive information. for the second time in a week, a woman is recovering after having acid thrown in her face. this time, it happened in mesa, arizona, just outside of phoenix. the 41-year-old mother of five says she was getting out of her car, at home on friday afternoon when a woman came from nowhere. >> there was a woman walking up, you know, from the backside of my car. she had what i thought was a glass of water in her hand and then she stopped abruptly and looked at me and threw it in my face. >> reporter: police say she was able to keep the burns from getting worse because she showered dr. to rinse off that acid. the incident is very similar to one that occurred in vancouver, washington last week, but police have no reason to
believe these attacks are connected. still ahead, on 9 news now, some great pictures to keep your family entertained this fall. howard? >> what a gorgeous day we have got going. it is chilly this morning. we will talk about the lows and the warm weather and of course the tropics. we have a new storm hermine. i will let you know where that is going. 9 news now will be back after this.
there's something you never hear vince gray talk about: his record running dc's department of human services. why? under gray, dhs lost out on millions of federal dollars for missing paperwork; lost money for the homeless; even lost track of foster children. a court ordered gray's department to improve child services. gray's not a bad guy but he was a bad manager. do we want to go back to that?
we have a check on news where you live. now that it is labor day you may think of those falling leaves. well, find find the fall leaf collection schedule by going to our manassas page. it's one of the stories in our new section at wusa9.com. just click on the blue box, near the meddle of our home page to choose your area and find stories and also you can contribute your own ideas. it is all on wusa9.com. momslikeme.com with your monday family spotlight. we have liz with washington
family magazine here with some great pics from fall family entertainment. thank you for coming. >> thank you for having me. >> you have an even that will get your kid excited about reading if he or she is not already, right? >> it is the fall for the books festival and it is hosted by george mason university but they have evens all throughout the area, northern virginia, maryland and dc, and this is -- this is jamie long who will actually be there, a children's writer and he has a great pos series of books. >> how wonderful for little kids. they read the books and meet the author and they can meet the author and read the book answer it gets them in touch with literature, don't you think. >> completely. this is j.d. smith that will be there. they have a whole list, book sales going on. they have young adult readers and also adult authors coming in. so it is for the family. >> you have a halloweenish festival coming up to tell us
about. >> the crane community center is having harvest happenings which is great for the whole family. little kids especially. they get a little pumpkin to decorate. amusement park rides, face painting. >> great way to get in the spirit. september 25th 11:00 to 2:00. thank you so much for coming in an we will have all of this information on momslikeme.com. in in the washington family magazine. we will see you there. refreshing this morning. a little chilly. but refreshing. >> really felt nice. one thing we don't have, we will get it tomorrow the allergy count. they are on break for the holiday but the ragweed is getting up there. if you are sniffing it is probable the ragweed that is getting you. we have have had labor days in the past where it is wet. but nothing can beat what we have going on right now. check it out the rest of the day. we will see sunshine the rest of the afternoon. mid-80s for a high.
85 or so at 3:00. 6:00 p.m. temperature, back down to 82. you know the nats are going in 45 minutes over downtown at the ballpark. we have a game up in baltimore where maryland is taking on navy at 4:00 p.m., no problems. tonight going to the virginia tech game, should be beautiful for that. although you might want to take a light wrap or sweatshirt because the dry air that heated up so nicely will cool off quickly. we will be in the 50s and 80s by tomorrow morning with a light south wind under mainly clear skies. the sunset 7:31. tomorrow, another nice day, although a little warmer and breezier. temperatures going to the upper 80s. south winds 10 to 15. right now our average high is down to 83. this morning, what a great morning. had 50s on the eastern shore at easton and cambridge. had 50 from manassas. we get down to 62. look at this winchester to martinsburg in the mid-40s and cumberland 44. little taste of fall.
82 frederick, 79 leesburg, 79 andrews. petersburg in the 40s are up to 79. couple of 81s in easton. and fredericksburg is 82. so a beautiful day going on here thanks to the dry air. dew points haven't changed all day. so we have a nice dry air mass in place and humidity at 48%. nationally we need rain. we have it up north. nothing coming toward us. big storm spinning here. showers and storms. some will be strong to severe, iowa to wisconsin and minneapolis. then in the gulf of mexico, look at this on the radar spinning around. that's a new tropical storm. that's hermine. last night it got classified as td number ten. they said it is a storm and has the winds and you can see the colder cloud tops near the center. good news, it is close to the coast. if this had more time it is a great upper-level environment but it will go on shore and it
will kill hermine. but first it will strengthen, gusting to 65. couple hundred miles from brownsville texas, this storm could be close to hurricane strength by the time it makes land fall tonight. 70-mile an hour is the forecast at 8:00, 65-mile an hour sustained winds tomorrow morning. weakening over land. it will weaken as it goes inland and texas and oklahoma will see the rest of the rain. the rain and moisture with the front that comes in will be lacking. as we look at the seven-day forecast, 895 today. 88 wednesday. we need the rain but thursday cooler and dry, friday, 82 and dry and the weekend a chance of showers on saturday night as temperatures get back up in to the mid-80s. stick around. we are going to the kitchen in just a moment. winning is my favorite thing.
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here. >> what does food have to do with it. >> we have themes from the film making. and it is great because people are hungry for film and food. >> reporter: you brought what. >> we have a banana bread that represents a film called banana bread about a man who is a hitman and his mother doesn't know it and while he is performing his job continues to see people and calls and asks him question and when are you going to have kids an settle down. >> that's a brother. >> and then hamburgers. >> we have an animated film called the cow who wanted to be a hamburger. this could you cow dreams of another life. >> and what else did you bring me. >> a nice dinner plate. a film called mashed is part of the free family series. we have a bunch of films that are free for i cans and families on saturday morning it is a great film and has live
action, and computer animation. it is really very cool. >> all right. >> and we have a great basket of local vegetables. we have a wonderful documentary from a local film maker about an elderly gentleman thatlies two blocks from the metro station and it farms his one acre. >> not only will gait people get an opportunity to see fabulous short films, these are the best in the world but parties. >> loot of parties. a lot of evens going on this week. we have an opening night party at madam tussauds an the grand bash is the navy memorial. we have four bands and entertainment. should be a lot of fun. >> i understand that oscar winners are coming. >> roger ross williams who won the hack award last year for best documentary will be in town to show his film. it will be a special screening and he will take questions and answers from the audience after wards. >> can we compete in l.a. and new york city.